Transcribed from The Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties Iowa Originally published 1886
Jacob S. MORRETT, section 21, Union Township, postoffice New York, was born in Ashland County, Ohio, May 1, 1847, a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Kennedy) Morrett. In 1853 his parents moved to Wayne County, Iowa, where they have since lived, and where he remained with them until his enlistment in the war of the Rebellion in December, 1853. He was assigned to Company I, Fourth Iowa Calvary, and participated in numerous skirmishes and battles. He was at the battles at Selma, Alabama, and Columbia, Georgia, his services being in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. He was with Grierson, Wilson, and Winslow on their noted raids. The regiment was mustered out at Atlanta, Georgia, at the close of the war and he returned home. He hired a team and leased 200 acres of land, which is now his farm. For three years he worked with a hired team. He began life in debt, and managed to get along without owning farm machinery for several years. It was hard work, but he persevered, and after getting the farm fenced and under good cultivation bought it, in 1882, for $22.50 an acre. He lived in a log house until 1885, when he built a good frame house and now his frame buildings and necessary adjuncts to a farm are noticeably good. He was married in 1868 to Mary L. Allman, of Union Township. They have seven children -- Mary M., Ida J., Irene E., Willis, Jacob, Harry E. and Alva L. Two children are deceased -- George D. and Ada D. In politics Mr. Morrett is a Republican, of late affiliating with the Greenback party.